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After injury and 'Byenado' carnage last week, Week 8 seems breezy by comparison. We will be missing the Ravens and Raiders this week, but that still leaves most of us with plenty of wide receiver options.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for WR here. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best players who may be available. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' wide receiver preview for more help with matchup notes, Week 8 numbers to know and more. 

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receiver
Start 'Em
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JAC Jacksonville • #11
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -3.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
14.2
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
28
TAR
47
REYDS
343
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.4
The last time we saw Jones he had his best game of the season in Week 6 against Miami with seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He now has at least 12 PPR points in four of six games this season, and he should stay hot against the Seahawks. Seattle hasn't allowed a touchdown to a receiver in the past three weeks, but eight receivers have scored at least 16 PPR points against the Seahawks this year. Jones is a potential top-20 Fantasy receiver in all leagues this week.
PIT Pittsburgh • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
11.5
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
42
REYDS
358
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.3
Claypool was disappointing in his last game against Seattle in Week 6 with two catches for 17 yards on seven targets, but I'll start him again in Week 8 against the Browns. He scored at least 18 PPR points in the two games prior to facing the Seahawks, and he should continue to be heavily involved with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out. Last year at Cleveland in Week 17, Claypool had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, and the Browns have allowed six touchdowns to receivers in their past three games.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN TEN -1 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.7
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
50
REYDS
508
TD
2
FPTS/G
14.1
We'll see if T.Y. Hilton (quad) is able to play this week, but Carson Wentz should continue to lean on Pittman as his No. 1 receiver. He's scored at least 11 PPR points in five of his past six games, including 20 PPR points in Week 7 at San Francisco with four catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. In Week 3 at Tennessee, Pittman had six catches for 68 yards on 12 targets. The Titans have allowed five receivers to score at least 11 PPR points in their past two games against Buffalo and Kansas City, and Pittman should be considered a top 20 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, especially if Hilton remains out.
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DEN -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
13.3
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
58
REYDS
539
TD
2
FPTS/G
14.8
I'm also going to call Jerry Jeudy a starter this week also with his return to action after being out since Week 1 with an ankle injury, and Sutton and Jeudy should take advantage of this Washington defense. The Football Team is No. 1 in receptions (117) and touchdowns (14) allowed to receivers and No. 2 in yards (1,504). Sutton has scored at least 11 PPR points in three games in a row, including two outings with at least 23 PPR points. And Jeudy had six catches for 72 yards on seven targets in the only half he played in Week 1 before getting hurt, and hopefully he's not rusty. I like Sutton better than Jeudy this week, but both should have the chance to perform well in this matchup.
BUF Buffalo • #1
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA BUF -13.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
15.1
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
39
REYDS
413
TD
4
FPTS/G
15
Sanders was hot going into Buffalo's bye in Week 7, and hopefully he'll stay that way in Week 8 against Miami. He scored at least 12 PPR points in four games in a row with four touchdowns over that span, and he also had three games with five catches in each outing. Stefon Diggs is a must-start Fantasy receiver, and I also like Cole Beasley as a sleeper. With Dawson Knox (hand) out, there should be more targets for each of Buffalo's top three guys against the Dolphins, who are No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers this year.
Sleepers
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GB Green Bay • #18
Age: 31 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -6.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
14.6
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
18
REYDS
179
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.3
Cobb and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are both in play this week with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard out for the Packers after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Adams averages 10.3 targets per game, and Lazard had 11 targets in his past two games. Cobb only has one game with more than five targets, and it was his lone outing with more than five PPR points. That was Week 4 against Pittsburgh when he had five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns on six targets, and hopefully he's that involved again this week. Valdes-Scantling last played in Week 3 against San Francisco and had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown on four targets, and hopefully he's ready to go after being out since Week 3 with a hamstring injury. The matchup is tough against the Cardinals, but Cobb and Valdes-Scantling are potential No. 3 Fantasy receivers in all leagues this week.
DET Detroit • #11
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -3.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
7th
PROJ PTS
10.8
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
39
REYDS
334
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.3
Raymond might be the best Lions receiver, and he has 15 combined targets in his past two games, with six catches in each outing. He just had eight targets in Week 7 at the Rams for six catches and 115 yards. And he has three games in his past five outings with at least 12 PPR points. We know the Lions are desperate for any wide receiver to step up, and Raymond might be the go-to option for Jared Goff behind D'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson. The Eagles also have allowed three receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in the past two games.
ARI Arizona • #18
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB ARI -6.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
10.1
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
35
REYDS
406
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.8
Green and Christian Kirk are both worth using as No. 3 Fantasy receivers this week against the Packers, who are dealing with multiple injuries in their pass rush and secondary. Green has scored at least 13 PPR points in four of his past six games, and Kirk has scored at least 15 PPR points in each of the past two weeks. DeAndre Hopkins should remain the go-to receiver for the Cardinals, but Green and Kirk also have plenty of upside in this matchup.
NO New Orleans • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
25th
PROJ PTS
10.3
WR RNK
45th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
28
REYDS
254
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.9
Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith are worth using as No. 3 receivers this week in deeper leagues with the matchup against the Buccaneers. Jameis Winston will likely be throwing a lot in this game, and Alvin Kamara can't do it all by himself. Callaway has at least seven targets in each of his past two games, and hopefully that continues against Tampa Bay. And Smith and Winston couldn't connect in Week 7 at Seattle in Smith's first game this season, but hopefully they hit on a big play or two this week. The Buccaneers are one of five teams to allow more than 100 receptions to receivers this year, so hopefully Callaway and Smith can deliver.
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -2.5 O/U 54.5
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
10.6
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
35
REYDS
311
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.7
Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen should both play well this week against the Cowboys, but Osborn is worth using in deeper leagues. He played well in his last game at Carolina in Week 6 with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and hopefully that carries over to this week against Dallas. Osborn has four games this season with at least six targets, and he's scored at least 14 PPR points in three of them. The Cowboys are No. 5 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers, so Kirk Cousins will hopefully get all three of his top guys involved in this matchup.
Sit 'Em
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NE New England • #16
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -5.5 O/U 49
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
10.8
WR RNK
35th
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
59
REYDS
390
TD
0
FPTS/G
12
Meyers has tailed off after two strong games in Week 3 against New Orleans and Week 4 against Tampa Bay when he scored at least 16 PPR points in each outing. Since then, he's combined for just 29 PPR points against Houston, Dallas and the Jets in his past three games. This could be a game where his targets spike if the Patriots are chasing points on the road, but the Chargers are No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers this year. I'm still hopeful for Meyers to have a strong season, but it's apparently hard to trust him if he's not getting double digits in targets like he got against the Saints and Buccaneers.
CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -3.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS WR
4th
PROJ PTS
9.3
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
40
REYDS
250
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.7
Robinson is just not getting the job done with Justin Fields under center, and you can't start Robinson any more, even as a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues. He's been at 10 PPR points or less in every game and has just one touchdown. He's only topped 50 receiving yards twice but 63 yards is his season high. Maybe he'll surprise us and have a breakout game against the 49ers, but you can't keep waiting for that to happen and lose Fantasy production. Robinson is a bust this year, and he should remain on your bench -- or the waiver wire -- until further notice.
LAR L.A. Rams • #3
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT CLE -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
8.5
WR RNK
48th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
33
REYDS
226
TD
0
FPTS/G
8
Like Robinson, it's hard to trust Beckham, who is playing through a shoulder injury and might not have Baker Mayfield (shoulder) back for this matchup either. Beckham has two games this season with at least 12 PPR points in five outings, but he's still searching for his first touchdown. We'll see if Mayfield returns to action or if Beckham can rely on Case Keenum, but I don't want to start Beckham against the Steelers coming off a bye. Even though this is a good matchup since Pittsburgh is No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, Beckham should only be used as a No. 3 Fantasy option in deeper leagues.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
11
WR RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
42
REYDS
349
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.8
Mike White starting for the Jets in place of the injured Zach Wilson (knee) isn't ideal for Davis since White will be checking down a lot instead of challenging down the field. At least that was the case in Week 7 at New England when White replaced Wilson and leaned heavily on Michael Carter and Ty Johnson. Davis did score a touchdown from White against the Patriots and finished with four catches for 47 yards on six targets, but he's only topped nine PPR points twice in his past five games. And Cincinnati's secondary should make things tough on Davis since the Bengals have allowed just two touchdowns to opposing receivers in their past five games.
CIN Cincinnati • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ CIN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
45
REYDS
329
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.1
In the past three games with Tee Higgins healthy, Boyd has been a non-factor for the Bengals and Fantasy managers. He has 15 targets over that span for nine catches, 70 yards and no touchdowns, and he's only scored once this season -- when Higgins was out with a shoulder injury in Week 3 at Pittsburgh. Ja'Marr Chase is the star of Cincinnati's offense, and Higgins is worth using as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week. As for Boyd, it's tough to trust him with the lack of targets -- and production -- when everyone is healthy.
Bust Alert
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MIA Miami • #17
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -13.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
57
REYDS
384
TD
3
FPTS/G
14.1
We'll see if DeVante Parker (shoulder) can return to action this week, and Will Fuller (finger) remains out. Waddle has been Miami's No. 1 receiver all season, and he's scored at least 15 PPR points in each of the past two games against Jacksonville and Atlanta with 21 targets, 17 catches, 153 yards and two touchdowns over that span. It's been great watching Waddle and Tua Tagovailoa connect, but both should struggle this week against the Bills, who are No. 1 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. Buffalo has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing receivers this year, and Waddle was held to six catches for 48 yards on eight targets against the Bills in Week 2. Now, Tagovailoa left that game with a rib injury, so keep that in mind about Waddle this week. But I have been treating him like a must-start receiver in all leagues for the past two weeks. This week, he's just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver given the matchup.